Photos of Islands from Around the World

Island Stock Photos by Professional Photographer Phillip Colla. Island stock photography.

Spectacular photos of islands from around the world, underwater, aerial and topside, tropical, temperate and frozen.

San Clemente Island Pyramid Head, the distinctive pyramid shaped southern end of the island.  San Clemente Island Pyramid Head, showing geologic terracing, underwater reefs and giant kelp forests
San Clemente Island Pyramid Head, the distinctive pyramid shaped southern end of the island. San Clemente Island Pyramid Head, showing geologic terracing, underwater reefs and giant kelp forests.
Parasitic zoanthid anemones cover, encrust and overwhelm a golden gorgonian.  The gorgonian on the left has been completely parasitized by zoanthid anemones, while the gorgonian to the right remains free of zoanthids (for now). A garibaldi swims below the two sea fans. The golden gorgonian is a filter-feeding temperate colonial species that lives on the rocky bottom at depths between 50 to 200 feet deep. Each individual polyp is a distinct animal, together they secrete calcium that forms the structure of the colony. Gorgonians are oriented at right angles to prevailing water currents to capture plankton drifting by, Muricea californica, Parazoanthus lucificum, Savalia lucifica, Macrocystis pyrifera, San Clemente Island
Parasitic zoanthid anemones cover, encrust and overwhelm a golden gorgonian. The gorgonian on the left has been completely parasitized by zoanthid anemones, while the gorgonian to the right remains free of zoanthids (for now). A garibaldi swims below the two sea fans. The golden gorgonian is a filter-feeding temperate colonial species that lives on the rocky bottom at depths between 50 to 200 feet deep. Each individual polyp is a distinct animal, together they secrete calcium that forms the structure of the colony. Gorgonians are oriented at right angles to prevailing water currents to capture plankton drifting by.
The Kelp Forest and Rocky Reef of San Clemente Island. Giant kelp grows rapidly, up to 2' per day, from the rocky reef on the ocean bottom to which it is anchored, toward the ocean surface where it spreads to form a thick canopy. Myriad species of fishes, mammals and invertebrates form a rich community in the kelp forest. Lush forests of kelp are found throughout California's Southern Channel Islands, Macrocystis pyrifera
The Kelp Forest and Rocky Reef of San Clemente Island. Giant kelp grows rapidly, up to 2' per day, from the rocky reef on the ocean bottom to which it is anchored, toward the ocean surface where it spreads to form a thick canopy. Myriad species of fishes, mammals and invertebrates form a rich community in the kelp forest. Lush forests of kelp are found throughout California's Southern Channel Islands.
Red gorgonian on rocky reef, below kelp forest, underwater. The red gorgonian is a filter-feeding temperate colonial species that lives on the rocky bottom at depths between 50 to 200 feet deep. Gorgonians are typically oriented at right angles to prevailing water currents to capture plankton drifting by, Leptogorgia chilensis, Lophogorgia chilensis, San Clemente Island
Red gorgonian on rocky reef, below kelp forest, underwater. The red gorgonian is a filter-feeding temperate colonial species that lives on the rocky bottom at depths between 50 to 200 feet deep. Gorgonians are typically oriented at right angles to prevailing water currents to capture plankton drifting by.
Aerial View of Namena Marine Reserve and Coral Reefs, Namena Island, Fiji
Aerial View of Namena Marine Reserve and Coral Reefs, Namena Island, Fiji.
Cabo Pearce on Socorro Island, aerial photo, Revillagigedos Islands, Mexico, Socorro Island (Islas Revillagigedos)
Cabo Pearce on Socorro Island, aerial photo, Revillagigedos Islands, Mexico.
Olowalu reef and West Maui mountains, Maui, Hawaii, aerial photo
Olowalu reef and West Maui mountains, Maui, Hawaii, aerial photo.
San Clemente Island aerial photo, Pyramid Head and Balanced Rock (China Hat) at the southern end of the island.  San Clemente Island Pyramid Head, the distinctive pyramid shaped southern end of the island, exhibits distinctive geologic terracing, underwater reefs and giant kelp forests
San Clemente Island aerial photo, Pyramid Head and Balanced Rock (China Hat) at the southern end of the island. San Clemente Island Pyramid Head, the distinctive pyramid shaped southern end of the island, exhibits distinctive geologic terracing, underwater reefs and giant kelp forests.
Aerial photo of the West End of Catalina Island
Aerial photo of the West End of Catalina Island.
Sunrise at San Clemente Island, south end showing China Hat (Balanced Rock) and Pyramid Head, near Pyramid Cove, storm clouds. Panoramic photo
Sunrise at San Clemente Island, south end showing China Hat (Balanced Rock) and Pyramid Head, near Pyramid Cove, storm clouds. Panoramic photo.
San Benedicto Island and Barcena crater, aerial photo, Revillagigedos Islands, Mexico, San Benedicto Island (Islas Revillagigedos)
San Benedicto Island and Barcena crater, aerial photo, Revillagigedos Islands, Mexico.
Isla San Francisquito, Aerial Photo, Sea of of Cortez
Isla San Francisquito, Aerial Photo, Sea of of Cortez.
Guadalupe Island at sunrise, panorama. Volcanic coastline south of Pilot Rock and Spanish Cove, near El Faro lighthouse, Guadalupe Island (Isla Guadalupe)
Guadalupe Island at sunrise, panorama. Volcanic coastline south of Pilot Rock and Spanish Cove, near El Faro lighthouse.
Punta Norte, the northern point of Guadalupe Island, viewed from the north.  Punta Desfiladero (Blunt Point) and Roca Elefante are just visible at far right, and Roca Piloto (Pilot Rock) is see to the left of the island against the distant sweep of the cliffs that comprise the northeastern bight of the island, actually the rim of an enormous caldera, Guadalupe Island (Isla Guadalupe)
Punta Norte, the northern point of Guadalupe Island, viewed from the north. Punta Desfiladero (Blunt Point) and Roca Elefante are just visible at far right, and Roca Piloto (Pilot Rock) is see to the left of the island against the distant sweep of the cliffs that comprise the northeastern bight of the island, actually the rim of an enormous caldera.
Makena Beach State Park aerial photo, Maui, Hawaii. Big Beach on the right, Little Beach on the left, Haleakala rising in the distance on the right, West Maui Mountains in the distance on the left
Makena Beach State Park aerial photo, Maui, Hawaii. Big Beach on the right, Little Beach on the left, Haleakala rising in the distance on the right, West Maui Mountains in the distance on the left.
Sunset at San Clemente Island, south end showing Pyramid Head. Panoramic photo
Sunset at San Clemente Island, south end showing Pyramid Head. Panoramic photo.
Aerial View of Namena Island, Fiji, Namena Marine Reserve
Aerial View of Namena Island, Fiji.
Middle Coronado Island, viewed from the south, Coronado Islands (Islas Coronado)
Middle Coronado Island, viewed from the south.
San Clemente Island aerial photo, Pyramid Head and Balanced Rock at the southern end of the island.  San Clemente Island Pyramid Head, the distinctive pyramid shaped southern end of the island, exhibits distinctive geologic terracing, underwater reefs and giant kelp forests
San Clemente Island aerial photo, Pyramid Head and Balanced Rock at the southern end of the island. San Clemente Island Pyramid Head, the distinctive pyramid shaped southern end of the island, exhibits distinctive geologic terracing, underwater reefs and giant kelp forests.
North Coronado Island, Mexico, northern point looking south with Middle and South Islands in the distance, aerial photograph, Coronado Islands (Islas Coronado)
North Coronado Island, Mexico, northern point looking south with Middle and South Islands in the distance, aerial photograph.
Aerial panorama of Clipperton Island, showing the entire atoll.  Clipperton Island, a minor territory of France also known as Ile de la Passion, is a small (2.3 sq mi) but  spectacular coral atoll in the eastern Pacific. By permit HC / 1485 / CAB (France)
Aerial panorama of Clipperton Island, showing the entire atoll. Clipperton Island, a minor territory of France also known as Ile de la Passion, is a small (2.3 sq mi) but spectacular coral atoll in the eastern Pacific. By permit HC / 1485 / CAB (France).
Barcena volcano crater, highest point on San Benedicto Island, Revillagigedos, Mexico, San Benedicto Island (Islas Revillagigedos)
Barcena volcano crater, highest point on San Benedicto Island, Revillagigedos, Mexico.
The French tricolor flag flies over Clipperton Island at sunset. Clipperton Island, a minor territory of France also known as Ile de la Passion, is a spectacular coral atoll in the eastern Pacific. By permit HC / 1485 / CAB (France)
The French tricolor flag flies over Clipperton Island at sunset. Clipperton Island, a minor territory of France also known as Ile de la Passion, is a spectacular coral atoll in the eastern Pacific. By permit HC / 1485 / CAB (France).
Webster Point, Santa Barbara Island, aerial photograph
Webster Point, Santa Barbara Island, aerial photograph.
Point Bennett, San Miguel Island, aerial photograph
Point Bennett, San Miguel Island, aerial photograph.
Aerial View of Vatu-i-Ra Coral Seascape, Fiji, Vatu I Ra Passage, Gau Island, Lomaiviti Archipelago
Aerial View of Vatu-i-Ra Coral Seascape, Fiji.
Darwin's Arch, a dramatic 50-foot tall natural lava arch, rises above the ocean a short distance offshore of Darwin Island. On June 10, 2021, Darwin's Arch broke and fell into the ocean, leaving behind two partial pillars
Darwin's Arch, a dramatic 50-foot tall natural lava arch, rises above the ocean a short distance offshore of Darwin Island. On June 10, 2021, Darwin's Arch broke and fell into the ocean, leaving behind two partial pillars.
Rose Islet, Rose Atoll National Wildlife Sanctuary
Rose Islet.
Olowalu reef and West Maui mountains, Maui, Hawaii, aerial photo
Olowalu reef and West Maui mountains, Maui, Hawaii, aerial photo.
Punta Colorada and San Gabriel Bay, aerial photo, Isla Espiritu Santo, Sea of Cortez, Mexico
Punta Colorada and San Gabriel Bay, aerial photo, Isla Espiritu Santo, Sea of Cortez, Mexico.
Mountains, glaciers and ocean, the rugged and beautiful topography of South Georgia Island, Grytviken
Mountains, glaciers and ocean, the rugged and beautiful topography of South Georgia Island.
Cabo Pearce on Socorro Island, aerial photo, Revillagigedos Islands, Mexico, Socorro Island (Islas Revillagigedos)
Cabo Pearce on Socorro Island, aerial photo, Revillagigedos Islands, Mexico.
Catalina Island, West End
Catalina Island, West End.
Sunrise on morros near south end of Guadalupe Island, Guadalupe Island (Isla Guadalupe)
Sunrise on morros near south end of Guadalupe Island.
Coconut palm trees on Clipperton Island, aerial photo. Clipperton Island is a spectacular coral atoll in the eastern Pacific. By permit HC / 1485 / CAB (France)
Coconut palm trees on Clipperton Island, aerial photo. Clipperton Island is a spectacular coral atoll in the eastern Pacific. By permit HC / 1485 / CAB (France).
Coral Reef at Clipperton Island, aerial photo. Clipperton has healthy, beautiful coral reefs.  The white beaches are composed of white coralline rubble. Clipperton Island, a minor territory of France also known as Ile de la Passion, is a spectacular coral atoll in the eastern Pacific. By permit HC / 1485 / CAB (France)
Coral Reef at Clipperton Island, aerial photo. Clipperton has healthy, beautiful coral reefs. The white beaches are composed of white coralline rubble. Clipperton Island, a minor territory of France also known as Ile de la Passion, is a spectacular coral atoll in the eastern Pacific. By permit HC / 1485 / CAB (France).
San Miguel Island, aerial photograph
San Miguel Island, aerial photograph.
San Miguel Island south side, aerial photograph
San Miguel Island south side, aerial photograph.
Anacapa Island, west end, aerial photo
Anacapa Island, west end, aerial photo.
Anacapa Island, aerial photo
Anacapa Island, aerial photo.
Anacapa Island, east end, aerial photo
Anacapa Island, east end, aerial photo.
Aerial panorama of Clipperton Island, showing the entire atoll.  Clipperton Island, a minor territory of France also known as Ile de la Passion, is a small (2.3 sq mi) but  spectacular coral atoll in the eastern Pacific. By permit HC / 1485 / CAB (France)
Aerial panorama of Clipperton Island, showing the entire atoll. Clipperton Island, a minor territory of France also known as Ile de la Passion, is a small (2.3 sq mi) but spectacular coral atoll in the eastern Pacific. By permit HC / 1485 / CAB (France).
A SCUBA diver enters a submarine cavern at Santa Barbara Island, underwater cave
A SCUBA diver enters a submarine cavern at Santa Barbara Island, underwater cave.
coralline algae reef, Porolithon, Rose Atoll National Wildlife Sanctuary
coralline algae reef.
Isla Afuera, Guadalupe Island, daybreak, Guadalupe Island (Isla Guadalupe)
Isla Afuera, Guadalupe Island, daybreak.
Boat Horizon below eastern cliffs of Isla Afuera, sunrise, Guadalupe Island (Isla Guadalupe)
Boat Horizon below eastern cliffs of Isla Afuera, sunrise.
Clouds held back by island crest, near the north end of Guadalupe Island off the coast of Baja California, Mexico, Guadalupe Island (Isla Guadalupe)
Clouds held back by island crest, near the north end of Guadalupe Island off the coast of Baja California, Mexico.
East face and shoreline of southernmost morro, daybreak, Guadalupe Island (Isla Guadalupe)
East face and shoreline of southernmost morro, daybreak.
Kapalua Maui with Hawea Point and Namalu Bay, Sunset, West Maui, aerial photo
Kapalua Maui with Hawea Point and Namalu Bay, Sunset, West Maui, aerial photo.
San Clemente Island aerial photo, Pyramid Head and Balanced Rock at the southern end of the island.  San Clemente Island Pyramid Head, the distinctive pyramid shaped southern end of the island, exhibits distinctive geologic terracing, underwater reefs and giant kelp forests
San Clemente Island aerial photo, Pyramid Head and Balanced Rock at the southern end of the island. San Clemente Island Pyramid Head, the distinctive pyramid shaped southern end of the island, exhibits distinctive geologic terracing, underwater reefs and giant kelp forests.
San Clemente Island aerial photo, Pyramid Head and Balanced Rock at the southern end of the island.  San Clemente Island Pyramid Head, the distinctive pyramid shaped southern end of the island, exhibits distinctive geologic terracing, underwater reefs and giant kelp forests
San Clemente Island aerial photo, Pyramid Head and Balanced Rock at the southern end of the island. San Clemente Island Pyramid Head, the distinctive pyramid shaped southern end of the island, exhibits distinctive geologic terracing, underwater reefs and giant kelp forests.
Coral Reef at Clipperton Island, aerial photo. Clipperton has healthy, beatiful coral reefs.  The white beaches are composed of white coralline rubble. Clipperton Island, a minor territory of France also known as Ile de la Passion, is a spectacular coral atoll in the eastern Pacific. By permit HC / 1485 / CAB (France)
Coral Reef at Clipperton Island, aerial photo. Clipperton has healthy, beatiful coral reefs. The white beaches are composed of white coralline rubble. Clipperton Island, a minor territory of France also known as Ile de la Passion, is a spectacular coral atoll in the eastern Pacific. By permit HC / 1485 / CAB (France).
Punta Prieta and San Gabriel Bay, Aerial Photo, Sunset, Isla Espiritu Santo, Baja California, Mexico
Punta Prieta and San Gabriel Bay, Aerial Photo, Sunset.
San Clemente Island, aerial photo, steep cliffs and mountainous terrain on the south eastern shore of the island
San Clemente Island, aerial photo, steep cliffs and mountainous terrain on the south eastern shore of the island.
Isla Partida north end and Punta Maru, aerial photo, Sea of Cortez
Isla Partida north end and Punta Maru, aerial photo, Sea of Cortez.
La Reina Lighthouse Reef, Sea of Cortez, aerial photo
La Reina Lighthouse Reef, Sea of Cortez, aerial photo.
South Georgia Island coastline, showing the island's characteristic rugged topography.  56% of the island is covered by 161 glaciers, which have created numerous large bays and inlets that provide excellent habitat for marine animals and seabirds. Mountains meet the sea in steep-sided seacliffs covered with sparse vegetation.  The highest point on South Georgia Island is Mt. Paget at 2,915m
South Georgia Island coastline, showing the island's characteristic rugged topography. 56% of the island is covered by 161 glaciers, which have created numerous large bays and inlets that provide excellent habitat for marine animals and seabirds. Mountains meet the sea in steep-sided seacliffs covered with sparse vegetation. The highest point on South Georgia Island is Mt. Paget at 2,915m.
South Coronado Island, Mexico, northern point showing underwater reef structure, aerial photograph, Coronado Islands (Islas Coronado)
South Coronado Island, Mexico, northern point showing underwater reef structure, aerial photograph.
South Coronado Island, Mexico, eastern side, Middle and North Islands in the distance, aerial photograph, Coronado Islands (Islas Coronado)
South Coronado Island, Mexico, eastern side, Middle and North Islands in the distance, aerial photograph.
Aerial View of Namena Marine Reserve and Coral Reefs, Namena Island, Fiji
Aerial View of Namena Marine Reserve and Coral Reefs, Namena Island, Fiji.
Black-browed albatross in flight, over the enormous colony at Steeple Jason Island in the Falklands, Thalassarche melanophrys
Black-browed albatross in flight, over the enormous colony at Steeple Jason Island in the Falklands.
Steeple Jason Island, southwestern exposure, looking south pass the isthmus toward the southern half of the island.  Steeple Jason is one of the remote Jason Group of Islands in the West Falklands.  Uninhabited, the island is spectacular both for its rugged scenery and its enormous breeding colony of black-browed albatross.  Steeple Jason Island is now owned and administered by the Wildlife Conservation Society
Steeple Jason Island, southwestern exposure, looking south pass the isthmus toward the southern half of the island. Steeple Jason is one of the remote Jason Group of Islands in the West Falklands. Uninhabited, the island is spectacular both for its rugged scenery and its enormous breeding colony of black-browed albatross. Steeple Jason Island is now owned and administered by the Wildlife Conservation Society.
King penguin colony and the Bay of Isles on the northern coast of South Georgia Island.  Over 100,000 nesting pairs of king penguins reside here.  Dark patches in the colony are groups of juveniles with fluffy brown plumage.  The icebreaker M/V Polar Star lies at anchor, Aptenodytes patagonicus, Salisbury Plain
King penguin colony and the Bay of Isles on the northern coast of South Georgia Island. Over 100,000 nesting pairs of king penguins reside here. Dark patches in the colony are groups of juveniles with fluffy brown plumage. The icebreaker M/V Polar Star lies at anchor.
Fortuna Bay, with icebreaker M/V Polar Star at anchor
Fortuna Bay, with icebreaker M/V Polar Star at anchor.
Marine iguana, Amblyrhynchus cristatus, James Island
Marine iguana.
Honolua Bay in West Maui aerial photo, morning, with snorkel boat at anchor, panorama
Honolua Bay in West Maui aerial photo, morning, with snorkel boat at anchor, panorama.
San Clemente Island aerial photo, Pyramid Head and Balanced Rock at the southern end of the island.  San Clemente Island Pyramid Head, the distinctive pyramid shaped southern end of the island, exhibits distinctive geologic terracing, underwater reefs and giant kelp forests
San Clemente Island aerial photo, Pyramid Head and Balanced Rock at the southern end of the island. San Clemente Island Pyramid Head, the distinctive pyramid shaped southern end of the island, exhibits distinctive geologic terracing, underwater reefs and giant kelp forests.
Los Islotes, part of Archipelago Espiritu Santo, Sea of Cortez, Aerial Photo
Los Islotes, part of Archipelago Espiritu Santo, Sea of Cortez, Aerial Photo.
Gentoo penguins coming ashore, after foraging at sea, walking through ocean water as it wades onto a sand beach.  Adult gentoo penguins grow to be 30" and 19lb in size.  They feed on fish and crustaceans.  Gentoo penguins reside in colonies well inland from the ocean, often formed of a circular collection of stones gathered by the penguins, Pygoscelis papua, New Island
Gentoo penguins coming ashore, after foraging at sea, walking through ocean water as it wades onto a sand beach. Adult gentoo penguins grow to be 30" and 19lb in size. They feed on fish and crustaceans. Gentoo penguins reside in colonies well inland from the ocean, often formed of a circular collection of stones gathered by the penguins.
Feather boa kelp (long brown fuzzy stuff) and other marine algae cover the rocky reef, Egregia menziesii, San Clemente Island
Feather boa kelp (long brown fuzzy stuff) and other marine algae cover the rocky reef.
Northeastern coast of Steeple Jason Island, looking toward the southern half of the island.  Steeple Jason is one of the remote Jason Group of Islands in the West Falklands.  Uninhabited, the island is spectacular both for its rugged scenery and its enormous breeding colony of black-browed albatross.  Steeple Jason Island is now owned and administered by the Wildlife Conservation Society
Northeastern coast of Steeple Jason Island, looking toward the southern half of the island. Steeple Jason is one of the remote Jason Group of Islands in the West Falklands. Uninhabited, the island is spectacular both for its rugged scenery and its enormous breeding colony of black-browed albatross. Steeple Jason Island is now owned and administered by the Wildlife Conservation Society.
Macaroni penguins, on the rocky shoreline of Hercules Bay, South Georgia Island.  One of the crested penguin species, the macaroni penguin bears a distinctive yellow crest on its head.  They grow to be about 12 lb and 28" high.  Macaroni penguins eat primarily krill and other crustaceans, small fishes and cephalopods, Eudyptes chrysolophus
Macaroni penguins, on the rocky shoreline of Hercules Bay, South Georgia Island. One of the crested penguin species, the macaroni penguin bears a distinctive yellow crest on its head. They grow to be about 12 lb and 28" high. Macaroni penguins eat primarily krill and other crustaceans, small fishes and cephalopods.
Adelie penguins at the nest, part of the large nesting colony of penguins that resides along the lower slopes of Devil Island, Pygoscelis adeliae
Adelie penguins at the nest, part of the large nesting colony of penguins that resides along the lower slopes of Devil Island.
South Georgia Island coastline, showing the island's characteristic rugged topography.  56% of the island is covered by 161 glaciers, which have created numerous large bays and inlets that provide excellent habitat for marine animals and seabirds. Mountains meet the sea in steep-sided seacliffs covered with sparse vegetation.  The highest point on South Georgia Island is Mt. Paget at 2,915m
South Georgia Island coastline, showing the island's characteristic rugged topography. 56% of the island is covered by 161 glaciers, which have created numerous large bays and inlets that provide excellent habitat for marine animals and seabirds. Mountains meet the sea in steep-sided seacliffs covered with sparse vegetation. The highest point on South Georgia Island is Mt. Paget at 2,915m.
King penguin colony at Salisbury Plain, Bay of Isles, South Georgia Island.  Over 100,000 pairs of king penguins nest here, laying eggs in December and February, then alternating roles between foraging for food and caring for the egg or chick, Aptenodytes patagonicus
King penguin colony at Salisbury Plain, Bay of Isles, South Georgia Island. Over 100,000 pairs of king penguins nest here, laying eggs in December and February, then alternating roles between foraging for food and caring for the egg or chick.
Steeple Jason Island at sunrise, one of the remote Jason Group of Islands in the West Falklands.  Uninhabited, the island is spectacular both for its rugged scenery and its enormous breeding colony of black-browed albatross.  Steeple Jason Island is now owned and administered by the Wildlife Conservation Society
Steeple Jason Island at sunrise, one of the remote Jason Group of Islands in the West Falklands. Uninhabited, the island is spectacular both for its rugged scenery and its enormous breeding colony of black-browed albatross. Steeple Jason Island is now owned and administered by the Wildlife Conservation Society.
Hercules Bay, with the steep mountains and narrow waterfalls of South Georgia Island rising above
Hercules Bay, with the steep mountains and narrow waterfalls of South Georgia Island rising above.
Reindeer on South Georgia Island.  Reindeer (known as caribou when wild) were introduced to South Georgia Island by Norway in the early 20th Century.  There are now two distinct herds which are permanently separated by glaciers, Rangifer tarandus, Fortuna Bay
Reindeer on South Georgia Island. Reindeer (known as caribou when wild) were introduced to South Georgia Island by Norway in the early 20th Century. There are now two distinct herds which are permanently separated by glaciers.
Adelie penguins navigate a steep dropoff, to get from their nests down to a rocky beach, in order to go to sea to forage for food, Pygoscelis adeliae, Paulet Island
Adelie penguins navigate a steep dropoff, to get from their nests down to a rocky beach, in order to go to sea to forage for food.
Interesting rock formations on plateau atop New Island, with sheer rugged seacliffs and the ocean beyond
Interesting rock formations on plateau atop New Island, with sheer rugged seacliffs and the ocean beyond.
Beautiful white sand beach, on the southern tip of Carcass Island, with gentoo and Magellanic penguins coming and going to sea, Spheniscus magellanicus
Beautiful white sand beach, on the southern tip of Carcass Island, with gentoo and Magellanic penguins coming and going to sea.
King penguin colony, Right Whale Bay, South Georgia Island.  Over 100,000 pairs of king penguins nest on South Georgia Island each summer, Aptenodytes patagonicus
King penguin colony, Right Whale Bay, South Georgia Island. Over 100,000 pairs of king penguins nest on South Georgia Island each summer.
Glacial melt waters, runoff, flows across an alluvial flood plain between mountains, on its way to Stromness Bay, Stromness Harbour
Glacial melt waters, runoff, flows across an alluvial flood plain between mountains, on its way to Stromness Bay.
A hiker ascends the slopes of South Georgia Island above Fortuna Bay
A hiker ascends the slopes of South Georgia Island above Fortuna Bay.
Summit of Devil Island, with Vega Island in the distance
Summit of Devil Island, with Vega Island in the distance.
China Hat Point, San Clemente Island, sunrise
China Hat Point, San Clemente Island, sunrise.
A forest of giant kelp, growing just below the ocean surface along the shores of San Clemente Island, Macrocystis pyrifera
A forest of giant kelp, growing just below the ocean surface along the shores of San Clemente Island.
Northwest promontory of Santa Barbara Island, part of the Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary.  Santa Barbara Island lies 38 miles offshore of the coast of California, near Los Angeles and San Pedro
Northwest promontory of Santa Barbara Island, part of the Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary. Santa Barbara Island lies 38 miles offshore of the coast of California, near Los Angeles and San Pedro.
Sutil Island,a small barren island near Santa Barbara Island, part of the Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary.  Santa Barbara Island lies 38 miles offshore of the coast of California, near Los Angeles and San Pedro
Sutil Island,a small barren island near Santa Barbara Island, part of the Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary. Santa Barbara Island lies 38 miles offshore of the coast of California, near Los Angeles and San Pedro.
Western landing and National Park buildings on Santa Barbara Island, part of the Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary.  Santa Barbara Island lies 38 miles offshore of the coast of California, near Los Angeles and San Pedro
Western landing and National Park buildings on Santa Barbara Island, part of the Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary. Santa Barbara Island lies 38 miles offshore of the coast of California, near Los Angeles and San Pedro.
Enormous colony of Adelie penguins covers the hillsides of Paulet Island, Pygoscelis adeliae
Enormous colony of Adelie penguins covers the hillsides of Paulet Island.
Chinstrap penguins at Bailey Head, Deception Island.  Chinstrap penguins enter and exit the surf on the black sand beach at Bailey Head on Deception Island.  Bailey Head is home to one of the largest colonies of chinstrap penguins in the world, Pygoscelis antarcticus
Chinstrap penguins at Bailey Head, Deception Island. Chinstrap penguins enter and exit the surf on the black sand beach at Bailey Head on Deception Island. Bailey Head is home to one of the largest colonies of chinstrap penguins in the world.
Distant icebergs, mountains, clouds, ocean at dawn, in the South Shetland Islands, near Deception Island
Distant icebergs, mountains, clouds, ocean at dawn, in the South Shetland Islands, near Deception Island.
Devil Island, Antarctica Peninsula
Devil Island, Antarctica Peninsula.
Blunden Island (foreground) and Vargas Island (distance), surrounded by the waters of Clayoquot Sound, west coast of Vancouver Island, Tofino, British Columbia, Canada
Blunden Island (foreground) and Vargas Island (distance), surrounded by the waters of Clayoquot Sound, west coast of Vancouver Island.
M/V Polar Star on its way to Brown Bluff in the Antarctic Sound
M/V Polar Star on its way to Brown Bluff in the Antarctic Sound.
Adelie penguins, nesting, part of the enormous colony on Paulet Island, with the tall ramparts of the island and clouds seen in the background. Adelie penguins nest on open ground and assemble nests made of hundreds of small stones, Pygoscelis adeliae
Adelie penguins, nesting, part of the enormous colony on Paulet Island, with the tall ramparts of the island and clouds seen in the background. Adelie penguins nest on open ground and assemble nests made of hundreds of small stones.
Rose islet and Pisonia trees, Rose Atoll National Wildlife Sanctuary
Rose islet and Pisonia trees.
Humpback whale competitive group, surfacing and blowing, Megaptera novaeangliae, Molokai
Humpback whale competitive group, surfacing and blowing.
Brown pelican, Pelecanus occidentalis, North Seymour Island
Brown pelican.
Darwin Island, with Darwins Arch on the right.  Darwin Island is the northernmost of the Galapagos Islands and is home to enormous numbers of seabirds
Darwin Island, with Darwins Arch on the right. Darwin Island is the northernmost of the Galapagos Islands and is home to enormous numbers of seabirds.
Wolf Island is the largest of the islands in the distant northern island group of the Galapagos archipelago, is home to hundreds of thousands of seabirds.  Vast schools of sharks and fish inhabit the waters surrounding Wolf Island
Wolf Island is the largest of the islands in the distant northern island group of the Galapagos archipelago, is home to hundreds of thousands of seabirds. Vast schools of sharks and fish inhabit the waters surrounding Wolf Island.
Brown pelican, waves, rocks and cliffs, sunset, Pelecanus occidentalis, Wolf Island
Brown pelican, waves, rocks and cliffs, sunset.
Kelp fronds grow upward from the reef below to reach the ocean surface and spread out to form a living canopy, Macrocystis pyrifera, San Clemente Island
Kelp fronds grow upward from the reef below to reach the ocean surface and spread out to form a living canopy.
Mangrove shoreline.  Mangroves have vertical branches, pheumatophores, that serve to filter out salt and provide fresh water to the leaves of the plant.  Many juvenile fishes and young marine animals reside in the root systems of the mangroves.  Punta Albemarle, Isabella Island
Mangrove shoreline. Mangroves have vertical branches, pheumatophores, that serve to filter out salt and provide fresh water to the leaves of the plant. Many juvenile fishes and young marine animals reside in the root systems of the mangroves. Punta Albemarle.
Boat Lammer Law lies at anchor near Isabella Island
Boat Lammer Law lies at anchor near Isabella Island.
Isabella Island
Isabella Island.
Molokai and water pools, viewed from west Maui
Molokai and water pools, viewed from west Maui.
Molokai summit and cloud, viewed from west Maui
Molokai summit and cloud, viewed from west Maui.
Sperm whale blows in front of Tokyo Broadcasting System film crew, Physeter macrocephalus, Sao Miguel Island
Sperm whale blows in front of Tokyo Broadcasting System film crew.
Socorro Island, sea cliffs and hills, Socorro Island (Islas Revillagigedos)
Socorro Island, sea cliffs and hills.
Haleakala Volcano crater slope, Maui
Haleakala Volcano crater slope.
West Maui and smoke from burning cut sugar cane.  Cane fields are often burned to clear cane cuttings, which produces huge amounts of smoke and ash
West Maui and smoke from burning cut sugar cane. Cane fields are often burned to clear cane cuttings, which produces huge amounts of smoke and ash.
Haleakala volcano crater, Maui
Haleakala volcano crater.
Haleakala volcano crater, Maui
Haleakala volcano crater.
Napili Point Resort, west Maui
Napili Point Resort, west Maui.
West Maui mountains rise above the coast of Maui, with clouds flanking the ancient eroded remnants of a volcano
West Maui mountains rise above the coast of Maui, with clouds flanking the ancient eroded remnants of a volcano.
West Maui mountains rise above the coast of Maui, with clouds flanking the ancient eroded remnants of a volcano
West Maui mountains rise above the coast of Maui, with clouds flanking the ancient eroded remnants of a volcano.
Roca Partida, a small remote seamount in the Revillagigedos
Roca Partida, a small remote seamount in the Revillagigedos.
Illegal fishing at Roca Partida, Revillagigedos
Illegal fishing at Roca Partida, Revillagigedos.